Dnipro among three clubs banned from Europe
NYON, Switzerland (AP):
Last year's Europa League finalists Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk of Ukraine has been named among three clubs banned from European competition by UEFA over financial issues.
UEFA says that Dnipro, Azerbaijan's Inter Baku and Romania's Targu Mures would be excluded from the next European competition for which they qualify in the next three seasons.
All three clubs had been ordered by UEFA to clear "overdue payables" and told they would be excluded from Europe unless they cleared those debts by January 31.
Dnipro have struggled with financial problems against a backdrop of political instability in Ukraine, but managed to reach last season's Europa League final, losing 3-2 to Sevilla.
Footballer banned eight games
for biting opponent
A French forward for English club Leeds has been banned for eight matches for biting an opponent during a game in the second-tier League Championship.
The English Football Association said yesterday that Souleymane Doukara was given the long ban because of the "seriousness and both unusual and violent nature of the misconduct." Doukara had denied a charge of violent conduct.
The incident occurred during Leeds' match against Fulham at Elland Road on February 23. Fulham defender Fernando Amorebieta was the victim of the bite and was booked for his reaction.
The FA said Doukara was warned about his future conduct and fined US$7,200.
Leeds, who have nine games left this season, said the club "is disappointed with the outcome and the length of the ban".
Germany's euro bonus
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP):
Each German player will be 300,000 euros (US$339,720) richer if the team wins the European Championship.
The German Football Federation says the agreement on bonus payments has been reached with senior players. The payments begin with reaching the quarterfinals of the 24-team tournament in France and are the same as four years ago.
A place in the last eight will be worth €50,000 ($56,620), a semi-final appearance €100,000 ($113,240) and a fourth European title €300,000 ($339,720). A runners-up finish will be worth half that much.